MAKING THE PERFECT ORGANIC RECIPE TO BUILD GARDEN SOILS!

MAKING THE PERFECT ORGANIC RECIPE TO BUILD GARDEN SOILS!


Here it is early November down here in South, Georgia Zone 8b and I have yet to get any cool weather cover crops planted But we’re gonna do that today. If this is your first time on our channel Welcome go ahead and hit that subscribe button, and that bell button down below So you get notified every time we come out with a new video if you’re a frequent viewer of our channel It’s always good to have you back. Now before we talk about our cool weather cover crop cocktail That we’re going to plant in this plot here. I want to talk a little bit about our sweet potatoes That we just dug up from this plot here. So this is the plot where we had our Georgia Jet sweet potatoes planted and the vines covered the whole plot we kind of just did a Hands-off approach this year with our sweet potatoes. We went in there mowed those vines down dug our sweet potatoes I didn’t film digging them just because it’s hard to hold the camera and digging sweet potatoes is a pretty dirty job And so I didn’t want to get the camera all dirty and messy, but I’ll show you what we got So this is our harvest from our plot of Georgia jet sweet potatoes And we ended up getting some pretty nice ones as you can see right there Right there pretty good ones in there. There’s a few small ones and This was the first year I did the whole thing where I came in there and mowed them a Few days before I harvest them the guys at Steele said that really helps toughen up the skins and makes them hold up better During harvesting when were throwing them in the bucket and whatnot and that really did work Well, so I’d highly recommend mowing the vines just makes it easier to go in there and harvest them now We’ve got some that are kind of funky shaped some of them split. I guess because there just in the ground so long they split and then they kind of healed over They don’t look really pretty but they’ll still eat. So we’ve got them on the storage rake here and They’re just a curing and they usually end up Tasting better about five to six weeks after you harvest them. So they’re not super sweet right when you dig them but they’ll get sweeter as they sit here and cure and We’ll store them here all winter long If we get a frost we’ll put a little blanket on top of them but they should be good on this storage rake here Underneath the barn. Now we’re not going to plant our cover crop here where we had our sweet potatoes We’re actually gonna plant some beds of greens in here some of our premium greens Mix with Tatsoi, Mizuna and a bed of all top turnips and we’ll have that coming up on a future video I’ve still got to get in here and clean this up a little more So I can get those beds made really nice. There’s still some chunks of sweet potatoes I missed When I was digging them the tiller chopped up, so we still got to get in here and groom this plot a little better But it won’t be long for we’ll be ready to plant some greens in here. I’ve got all my vines piled up here the ones that the mower didn’t get and I’m waiting on those to dry out before I Drag them over to the burn pile now our cool weather cover crop cocktail That’s a tongue twister is gonna go right here and this is a plot where I had some fall cucumbers on the very end there My far right I had some pole beans in there That didn’t do really good cuz we had such a late summer and then you saw that video I did talking about the really tall okra ended up coming in here and Cutting that okra down just because I didn’t have time to harvest it and that other plot and it was just getting so tall So I took some loppers And I cut it as good as I could cut it with the loppers. We still got a few of these stumps Right here. We’re just going to leave those in the ground and they should rot out Throughout the winter, especially once we get a frost. We’re just going to cover crop around those stumps so I took my tiller in here Got this nice and tilled up so we can get some good seed to soil contact On our cover crops and I just tilled to both sides of these stumps here these okra stumps and we’ll just cover crop around them and let that cover crop just Envelop those stumps and they should rot out By the time it comes spring and we want to plant something else here and there’s Tiger. So when it comes to cool weather cover crops We can plant just a singular one in a plot or we can mix them together and make us a little cocktail To do several good things for our soil So today we’re going to be planting some tillage radish Some Austrian winter pea and some hairy vetch We’re going to mix them all together and plant them in this plot right here. Now the tillage radish Is a great cool season cover crop if you’ve got some hard clay soils that aren’t very workable and you want to improve the workability of those soils tillage radish also known as daikon radish Has some really really deep Roots it grows almost like really long carrots they can get up to 12 inches long and they’ll penetrate down there deep into that soil kind of loosen everything up for you and they’ll also Scavenge a lot of nutrients from down deep and bring those to the top of the soil So it’s going to help your soil in a lot of ways now this plot here Has pretty nice soil but there’s a couple patches You can’t really see here of white clay that are in there, and I’m hoping this tillage radish Kind of improves the workability of those few spots there And then the other two we’re going to plant here is the Austrian winter pea and the hairy vetch Both of these are nitrogen fixers So they’re going to grab some of that atmospheric nitrogen and put it in the soil And we should have a nice fertile plot come spring now If you’ve seen any of my previous cover crop videos, you know, I like to put it out thick I like to go a little heavier than the recommended rate. The recommended rate on these for the radish is one pound per thousand square feet, the winter pea is two and a half pounds per thousand square feet, and the hairy vetch is One pound per thousand square feet like the radish But what I’ll probably do is I’ll just take half of these bags here half of each bag Pour it in a bucket and we’ll mix it up good and then we’ll spread it all over this plot here, which is about 25 feet wide by 60 feet long so somewhere between a thousand and 1,500 square feet. So we’re going to take some of each of these and pour them in our bucket about half that bag about half this bag, hairy vetch and about half this bag of tillage radish Then we’re just gonna take our hand in here and we mix it all up good. Now we’ve got us a nice little Cool-season cover crop cocktail so we got our cocktail made and now it’s time to sling some seed so I’m gonna take my bucket and as Equally as I can distribute this cover crop cocktail over this plot here and then we’ll take our rake come behind there and Make sure we get those seeds nice and covered. So they all germinate well once we put some water on them. Alright, alright, alright, that didn’t take but about 5-10 minutes Get that seed Scattered on that plot get it raked in good. Now this cover crop cocktail is going to do a lot of things for this plot as it grows Throughout the winter and into the spring It’s going to give us some erosion control So if we do get some heavy rains it’s not going to wash all our good soil away It’s also going to give us some weed suppression that really thick dense cover crops gonna keep any of those cool weather weeds from getting in there and thriving The radish in particular like I said earlier is going to scavenge nutrients from the deep bring them to the surface so they can be available for our next crop that we plant in here and then that vetch and that Austrian winter pea is going to fix some of the atmospheric nitrogen and add some nitrogen to our soil so the benefits of this cool weather cover crop cocktail are endless and if you’ve got a plot that you’re not planting this fall or this winter, I would highly recommend Putting some type of cool weather cover crop in there. Now we don’t have any rain in the forecast in the next few days So I’m going to go ahead and take my overhead tripod sprinkler and soak this plot pretty good so we can get some real fast some real good germination from this cool weather cover crop cocktail. I’ll put some links below to all of our cool weather cover crops so you can grab some of those make your own cocktail Depending on what your soil or your garden needs are I hope you guys enjoyed this video and if you did give us a big thumbs up, Give us a big like, give us a big share, and we will see you guys next time.

32 thoughts on “MAKING THE PERFECT ORGANIC RECIPE TO BUILD GARDEN SOILS!

  1. Regular potato skin can be toughened up by cutting green vines if you are forced to harvest them before the vines die naturally.

  2. Mine split as well all I could think of is too much water.. I only gave them water at Planting. Set it and forget it type of vegetable, But mother nature she gave it too much water

  3. I am trying cover crops in my raised beds in the recycled tomato and potato soil out of containers. Hope I get nutrient rich, disease free soil again. Found lots of beatle larvae as well. They can nibble now on the cover crop roots rather than on next year’s cabbage seedlings.

  4. Ok, I'm in Virginia, I've seen at least three frosts already. Can I still plant the crimson clover and it turn out?

  5. Why do the sweet potatoes we grow so odd shaped and the ones at the grocery store seem to be a more consistent shape? Thanks

  6. I'm in Jacksonville Florida (9a) and my soil is pretty sandy and this is my first time gardening. I've tilled the grass and weeds twice now and want to prep it for my Spring Garden. What would you recommend?

  7. Ya know everything is pretty much done up here and I know I had a few beers but I'd love to help yall do your stuff down there for just one day! I love growing stuff too much…

  8. Oilseed Radish are ideal for zone 6. I have them planted everywhere. The only problem is that they do not support mycorrhizae. I should have grown Cereal Rye with it or Oats. The problem with Cereal Rye is that it last so far into the spring that it can delay planting. The deer will eat every one of those Austrian Winter Peas. They LOVE legumes. Hairy Vetch is the "Queen of the Legumes". But as far as I can see the deer don't bother it. Hairy Vetch is such a great cover crop bc it is perennial. If you let your Radish go to seed they will also volunteer. Using cover crops is so much fun bc they are all different.

  9. Where is the organic matter and your soil microbes ? Tillage ruins soils we all know that now ! At list but some compost or mulch , cover crops will not remediate all demage done .

  10. Sweet potatoes look fantastic to me! Cool weather cover crop cocktail…I’d butcher trying to say that 😂.
    👀👀 them cover crops would like nice on this KY hard clay! Great video brother

  11. Gardener Scott has been using Biochar for 10 years. Worked with a Biochar company doing trials. . You have any questions. He is the man to answer your questions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWg1fm6Ss1M

  12. I really appreciate these videos from Hoss tools, as well as JM Fortier from the Market Gardener with his BCS tractor. If I recall correctly his book mentions Hoss and both of your operations seem to complement each other.

  13. Tell me how you keep your sweet potatoes from sprouting. I harvested mine and put them in the shed to cure. Sprouts started to appear 4 weeks into the curing process. I took them in the a/C and stored them in a tub in the dark. Still continued to sprout.

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